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He was different enough to be interesting but similar enough to still be the Doctor.
12 hours, 11 minutes ago on Is Twelve Really So Different to Previous Doctors?
@doctorblue The movie would probably be funded from outside the BBC. The BBC would never fund a Doctor Who movie of its own right. Hollywood would probably be involved - though whether that's a good thing or not is up to you to decide.
1 day, 9 hours ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea
@LordWhovian I'm not sure if the Paul McGann movie was actually in cinemas, I think it was just a TV movie
Remember, thinking a character is well written is not the same as liking them. Do I think Cercei Lannister from ASOIAF/Game of Thrones is well written? Yes, I think she's one of the best written characters in the show. Do I like her character? Not at all.
2 days, 16 hours ago on The 12 Best Written Moffat Characters
I'm curious as to why can't a doctor regenerate halfway through an episode? The Doctor always seems to regenerate after the job is finished and done, how about he dies before and the new doctor has to finish it while fighting the post-regeneration effects. This way, we don't have to wait before we see the new doctor in action! It might be difficult to fit that into an hour long episode, though...
1 week, 1 day ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 2)
@Samarkand The problem with this is that if the two main characters were male, the female representation in the show would plummet.
1 month ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For
@WiLfreduk The difference is that Robin Hood is a legendary figure and Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie are real people. Sherlock Holmes was clearly a fictional character, and is a fictional character in the Doctor Who universe too.
1 month ago on Gatiss: I don’t see why people are so obsessed with ‘Wholock’
I realise it's probably a controversial opinion, but I really don't want Davros to return again. I really honestly saw no point for him returning after Genesis of the Daleks.
1 month ago on 51 Years Later: 5 Ways to Make the Daleks Menacing Again
I think the problem is that the Cybermen haven't had a scary episode in the modern series. They've become too cool, just like the Daleks, and people aren't scared of cool.
1 month, 1 week ago on No Series 9 Story for Neil Gaiman
As long as it doesn't devolve into a parody, I'm all for it.
1 month, 1 week ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
It's funny how the only people who complain that it's not suitable for children are adults?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
@The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE What if he had a brother or sister in the children's home with him?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Orson Pink Mystery
@HeyProfessor I didn't think Simm was too insane to be the Master, I thought he was a bit zany and too much like an evil 10th Doctor than a villain in his own right. He was better in The End of Time. I don't think he was BAD - in fact I liked him a lot, but it felt a bit cheesy at times. Missy was insane, of course, but it was the way it was done.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
Difference between Thatcher and Mandela is they are real people; the Doctor is not a real person. Also - has anyone else seen that film where Cate Blanchett played Bob Dylan? Fantastic.
Mary Whitehouse has risen from the dead, it seems...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
Clara didn't abandon the Maitlands. She was 23 when she began travelling with the Doctor, and was about 27 in Deep Breath. 4 years. Which explains how she "suddenly" became a teacher - it wasn't sudden at all, it was her life moving on. Day... is set quite a long time after Name..., which also explains why 11 knew Kate Stewart.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things
@Blon Fel-Fotch, Blaidd Drwg of R.O.S.E. @DaftDalek, secret agent Well, RTD did create them both!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The End of Doctor Who: An Adventure in the Wilderness
@supermoff of C.L.A.R.A. can't wait for Christmas! Yeah, I think we've got a while ahead of us. People keep talking like the show is never ever going to be cancelled, but there's no guarantee it'll be the same in 10-15 years time. And, if I'm being honest, as much as I love the show, you've got to end it at some point.
@Planet of the Deaf @troughton who? I'm not saying it's a bad thing, of course the modern series gets more attention - it's just nice to see a poll that bucks the trend a little!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed
@TheNightmareChild, agent of R.A.C.C.O.O.N. He was good, but yeah, I don't think he was given enough time in the role. What I'd give to see (hear?) a Time War era Big Finish production starring John Hurt and Derek Jacobi...
On the other hand, I think it's a shame Geoffrey Beevers was so lowly ranked, because he's done absolute services for the character on audio. Though this is a TV-only poll, of course.
Is it wrong for me to be glad that a classic-era character has won a poll, for once? It's a common occurrence that "Best Doctor" polls and "Best Episode" polls are dominated by the new era, to the extent that it's almost as if Doctor Who aired in 2005 instead of 1963. To see a character who hasn't appeared since 1973 win a poll is very nice indeed.
I said the trailer reminded me of The Thing!What a great film. Now wouldn't that be a horrific Who episode...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat: Last Christmas is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Written
I hope the christmas special won't be used purely for regenerations in the future. It's like, why is the Doctor suddenly only regenerating after visiting Earth at Christmas? Out of anywhere in the universe?
(To be fair The Time of the Doctor sort of avoided this, but didn't. I hope Capaldi isn't going to go out festively too - though it *would* make him the first Doctor to serve for an exact amount of years!)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9
The Master wanted to twist the Doctor, to show him that he wasn't so different to herself after all, to make him into the universe conquering monster with supreme power over life and death - even if it's under the pretence of being "for the greater good". Seeing the Doctor twisted or corrupted would be the ultimate domination for the Master. From the Master's perspective, that would be joyous. It was supposed to be against the Doctor's moral code - Missy wanted to *break* that moral code. She wanted to break the Doctor.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
"Ta-tardis" Whoever wrote this pun should be fired immediately.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last
Unfortunately, as much as I want her to return, I think it would cheapen the scene. People said Moffat didn't kill enough people off, and as soon as he did, look what we're doing! Begging for them to return. Adric had it lucky...
2 months ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?
Sorry Michelle, I thought you were amazing. But I have to vote for someone...
2 months ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)
It's odd how I've seen An Unearthly Child more than most of the list. I don't think I've seen either The Unicorn and the Wasp or Turn Left since 2008.
2 months ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)
The problematic thing saying legitimate criticism of people is belittling them is ignoring the problematic thing in the first place. It's part of the society that seems to think calling out sexism is worse than sexism in the first place.
You say Political Correctness had killed freedom of speech. But criticising someone is not affecting their freedom of speech. They are entitled to say it - but it's also MY freedom of speech to criticise it. And unfortunately, freedom of speech is used to defend probelmatic opinions. The pro segregationists of the 60s are perfectly entitled to their beliefs but that doesn't mean we have to allow it. It's still racism and people are allowed to criticise it. People can praise apartheid and are entitled to under freedom of speech, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with it.
And yes, I think if the Doctor was real he would call out sexism. I think the Doctor views everyone as equal and that he doesn't view anyone differently regardless of age gender race or sexuality. And I ghink he'd be upset that people are saying the show would be ruined if there was a simple change of gender.
2 months ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Well, if you approach it from a philosophical perspective you could argue there is no such thing as good and evil, just people with opposing views. One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. But comparing the Rani to the Master is difficult because the Rani is decisively different from the Master. The Master is a character who takes pleasure out of murdering and killing with absolutely no consequence. He aims to control and degrade others not for logical gain, but for pure power. This sets him at conflict with the Doctor, a character who opposes this. The Rani on the other hand is a character who has sacrificed morals to persue her aims - not out of spite malice or psychosis, but out of a "ends justify the means" attitude. This of course sets her at conflict with the anarchic doctor, but in completely different ways to the Master. The Rani is not a female Master; she would not have killed Osgood without good reason because keeping her alive was not logical. The Master did for no reason except for "Dominating" poor Osgood. The Master exploited her fear and murdered her anyway.
@JacobHaggerty @DoustAlex @troughton who? I just think it's a shame we live in a world where people defend prejudiced opinions behind cries of "I'm not racist, but...", "I'm not sexist, but..." Even comments on this very website point out prejudice, and then cry "Oh, but I know you're not being sexist, by the way" Why is everyone so afraid to point out sexism and racism? It's a thing people experience on a daily basis. Society is unfortunately ingrained with it.
And yes, if I encounter it, I'll point it out. I don't think it automatically makes someone a bad person, that they anyone who has ever said something sexist is scum who should leave and be purged. But that doesn't mean it's not there. There's nothing wrong with pointing it out. It shows something about our society that people defend themselves instead of saying "hey, you know what? I was wrong, and I'm sorry, and I'll try not to do it again."
@JacobHaggerty @DoustAlex @troughton who? I'm sick of people with discriminatory opinions hiding being veils of "I'm not racist, but...", "I'm not sexist but...", "I'm not homophobic, but..." Even comments on this website go something like "Hang on, you said something that is a little bit prejudiced. Now, I don't think you're sexist, because you're not, but..." No, I'm sorry, if you say something prejudiced against women, that's sexism! It's not inventing a label if it actually is! People seem to think nowadays that calling someone else sexist or racist is the worst possible insult you can utter to another human being, and feel the need to apologise when they're pointing out another person's prejudice. And I don't think that's right. If I see a sexist opinion, I'll call it out! If I walk past someone being homophobic, I won't apologise to them. I'll tell them to stop. And it's the same here. I'm not saying everyone with sexist opinions is automatically a bad person, who should be spurned by society as the pathetic filth they are - no, I'm just pointing out what exists. I'm sure there's plenty of reasonable, rational arguments against a female Doctor, but people aren't using them, they're retorting to sexist ones. Most sexism isn't said deliberately, it's said by people in everyday conversation, most people don't realise it's sexist at all. Unfortunately most people just attempt to defend themselves that just admit "Hey, yeah you're right, I'm sorry I said that, I'll try not to do it again"
The problem with this is that we *don't* have an evil "Time Lady". The Rani was never evil, she was amoral. She was never a villain like the Master, she was a scientist with no morals.
Women can be sexist to other women.
@pats86 That's an extremely strong outcome for a point that you can't prove.
@JacobHaggerty Also, just to add. Out of all the surviving classic Doctors, Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGannhave all stated they would be happy to see a female Doctor. (In fact, there's only been one, Peter Davison, who has actually stated his disapproval).
“Well, you’re making an assumption that it’s going to be a man.” - Tom Baker
“There’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be female.” - Colin Baker
"If the Doctor can change from looking like Colin Baker to looking like me and change yet again so he looks like the not-as-handsome Paul McGann, then turning into a woman doesn’t seem much stranger. It’d be interesting and they should try it.” - Sylvester McCoy
“It’s science fiction! Tilda Swinton as Doctor Who, can you imagine that? Tell me you wouldn’t watch that. You would. You know you would!” - Paul McGann
So yes, most of the surviving actors from the classic era are in approval of changing the Doctor. These being people who have portrayed the character for years, and continue to do so via Big Finish.
As well as this, the person who helped create the show and the character, Sydney Newman, specifically stated the BBC should introduce a female Doctor in the late 80's. Yes, almost 30 years ago one of the creators of the show stated his approval of making the character he helped create a woman.
@JacobHaggerty @troughton who? It's not a misguided opinion. If the Doctor regenerated into a female form, the only thing that would change is their appearance. They would be written the same, same personality, same intellect, same everything. But because the character now superficially looks female, people would dislike that and complain. That's what sexism is. It's a prejudice against women.
If you cannot give a rational explanation for not changing the Doctor's gender, it's a sexist opinion. People who think a woman is not capable of playing the Doctor, the most transcendent character on TV, they are being sexist! Just like people who think a black man could not convincingly play the part are being racist.
People who think a female Doctor would be more concerned with her appearance or painting her nails than saving the day are being incredibly misogynistic and thus, sexist. People who think female fans will only watch the show if the main character is attractive are, shockingly, sexist. It's not a label being thrown around if it's true. If you think a purely superficial casting of a character portrayed by a female actress will ruin the character, that is sexist!
@mashieboyz @troughton who? @stargazer0118 If your argument is "some people are racist and would stop watching", does that mean we should just get rid of minority characters in general? I'm sure plenty of racist people complained and stopped watching when Freema Agyeman was cast as the next companion, but that's not an argument against her.
@Shadestryke That's one way of looking at it. But on the other hand, many transgender people are sick of ONLY being portrayed on screen where they are belittled, struggling. Many trans people wish to see a trans character on screen who is happy and accepted, even if it is not "realistic". Because if you think about it, how many trans characters on screen are happy and don't face discrimination.
People use television as a means of escaping the real world, and some trans people don't want to be reminded by their daily struggle. Not every portrayal has to be negative and sad.
@stargazer0118 @troughton who? Does that mean the Doctor can't be played by a black man either? Because he's been pretty consistently white too. Does that mean a black actor doesn't have the acting capabilities to portray this uncompromisingly white character? No, of course not. An actor of any ethnicity could portray a Doctor perfectly because the character transcends ethnicity.
Now apply that logic to gender. Give me a reason a woman could NOT play the Doctor that is not based on appearance. A female doctor could have the same personality, the same intellect, the same everything, but just because they had a female appearance, people object to the idea. In a show that features farting aliens the fact people can't imagine the main character in a female body escapes me.
The biggest problem with this is COULD they bring her back? While fans of the show will remember her, it's now 6 years since Jenny was last in the show. People at home would have little-to-no memory of the character. Yes, they did that with Catherine Tate/Donna Noble but there were differences - 1) Donna was brought back only a year and a bit after her first appearance; 2) Donna functioned as the main companion in the episode while The Doctor's Daughter had Donna AND Martha; 3) Catherine Tate was well known with the British public while Georgia Moffett isn't particularly known outside of Who circles.
That's not to say it couldn't work, as long as they divorced themselves from referencing the past too much. There's a difference between a small reference to visiting a place ("Metebelis III crystal", "Gobby Australian to an airport... Brave heart Clara" etc) to making an entire episode that revolves around the past (Attack of the Cybermen). Episodes in the 80s declined partly because of too much reliance on past continuity - let alone introducing a companion based on it.
Plus, would Georgia Moffett be open to returning as a companion? Fans would complain if she was replaced, but remember she has a young family and a Doctor Who companion is a VERY demanding job. We might find the idea hard to believe, but she might not actually want to sign up as a full time companion.
2 months ago on Jenny: A Future Companion
Would you have a female James Bond or Harry Potter? Why not? Harry Potter doesn't count because both Doctor Who and James Bond have a tradition of being played by different actors, while Harry Potter doesn't. Doctor Who actively has a mechanism where the main character can turn into a person with a different personality, appearance, voice etc, changing gender would change nothing.
James Bond every few years changes his appearance and to an extent personality with no explanation at all. You can complain that a black man could never play James Bond because "he's a white characterrrrrrrrr" but what difference does it really make to his character? Sean Connery's Bond is clearly a different person to Daniel Craig's. They are not the same person, they can't exist in the same universe. Why can't we have a world where James Bond is actually a black man? Or a woman?
Regardless, James Bond clearly HAS an established identity, while the Doctor doesn't. You can easily silhouette James bond without showing the actor, you can't silhouette Dr. Who. There is no established Dr. Who; the Doctor can be played by anyone.
And truth be told, Missy's variation on the Master's personality is no different to say, John Simm's. Complaining that Moffat just characterised the Master wrong is like saying RTD characterised the Doctor wrong because the Tenth Doctor was too different from the original Dr. Who.
It's ironic there's people claiming this when, say, people are saying she should've been the Rani - has anyone actually seen the Rani? She was nothing like Missy. The Rani was a scientist with no morals, while the Master is a sociopathic killer with an affinity for insane over-the-top plans. Michelle Gomez WAS playing the Master. I'm sick of people bringing up the argument "would you make Hermione a man?" Women are still severely underrepresented on screen. The Doctor is one of the few characters where almost anyone could portray. The Doctor isn't a masculine character. The Doctor is a character with no specified identity.
Just because there's rallying cries of "I'm not sexist because XYZ" doesn't mean it isn't sexist because it is. People who say the Doctor cannot be played by a woman are sexist. People who say they would stop watching the show if the Doctor was played by a woman are sexist. People who believe the show's ratings would plummet if a female doctor was introduced are being sexist.
@pats86 "And for those who stayed with it during the barren years that is not a good way to repay their loyalty" Good riddance.
@Gustaff @ilyootha It's odd to think until recently all I knew him for was playing a father with ambiguous sexual preference on The Inbetweeners. Never in a million years would I expect him to play the Master, and even if I did, I wouldn't have expected him to play it so well.
2 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
Eric Roberts! ...On a serious note, is this even a competition? I can't see anyone but Degaldo winning this.
@Kongosoha is ready for Hoenn... in SPACE!!! That wasn't the implication though. Both of those cases are different. How is an atom comparable to an egg? Surely she would've just turned the Daleks into Kaleds or something if that was true. No, it was a new power that was just fitted into the "power of the TARDIS". But a deus ex machina is a "new event, character, ability, or object that solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way." That was Bad Wolf. It was a new power. If part one introduces a wizard, and at the end of part two the wizard reveals he can resurrect people on the spot, that is still a deus ex machina.
2 months, 1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
2 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable
How do we know, in a few hundred years in the future, that someone won't use technology to make themselves into Santa Claus? I mean, if I had the technology available to me, why wouldn't I?
2 months, 1 week ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
@Gustaff I'd say 2 is the maximum for me. 1 feels a bit to short, 3 would feel too long. Amy and Rory should've left after series 6.
2 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
@TheOncomingHurricane It was established in Boom Town that the TARDIS could revert a slitheen to an egg, it did not establish it would turn Rose into someone who could defeat the entire Dalek fleet with a wave of their hand. It doesn't mean the episode is bad though. It IS a deus ex machina but it works in this case :)